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Two Suspected Witches Stoned, Burnt To Ashes

Two women accused of witchcraft and causing the deaths of several people were publicly stoned and their bodies burnt in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, locals said on Monday.

The women, aged 60 and 65, were rounded up late Sunday in the South Kivu village of Nyamutiri, said Andre Byaduniya, the head of a civil society in the area.

Timothee Bakanirwa, an official in an adjoining region in DR Congo, said: “The police and the army could not intervene in time to save these two women”.

Nelly Adidja from the Association of Women in Media (AFEM) said 33 women had been killed in South Kivu last year for alleged sorcery.“Many others have been chased out of their villages,” she said.

It may interest you to know that Witches have a long and elaborate history. Their forerunners appear in the Bible, in the story of King Saul consulting the so-called Witch of Endor.

They also crop up in the classical era in the form of winged harpies and screech-owl-like “strixes” – frightening flying creatures that fed on the flesh of babies.

Also, between 1482 and 1782, thousands of people across Europe most of them women were accused of witchcraft and subsequently executed.

AFP, Trudor, BBC.

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